Kate Wilkins

About Kate Wilkins

I'm a Francophile and French speaker living in Oxford, UK. My favourite places in France are Normandy, Bordeaux and Paris - ok, I'm biased, I've spent a lot of time there. I'm also a massive bookworm and in this column I explore French fiction in translation. Bonne lecture!
17 06, 2013

Getting into new French fiction: ‘The elegance of the hedgehog’ by Muriel Barbéry

By |2013-06-17T13:16:55+10:00Jun 17, 2013|8 Comments

I hit a rough patch. Like a rocky relationship that was going nowhere, we had to go on a bit of a break, 'Hedgehog' and I. For me, the book has a cynicism that can become wearying. Then I made it to the end. All was forgiven.

14 05, 2013

Getting into new French fiction: ‘The President’s Hat’ by Antoine Laurain

By |2013-05-14T14:35:55+10:00May 14, 2013|2 Comments

The hat is a curious deus ex machina. Its sudden entry into the lives of its wearers transforms them for the better. Daniel, emboldened by his new sartorial accessory, speaks his mind and wins a promotion. Then he misplaces the hat in turn. It is picked up by Fanny Marquant, an aspiring writer...

8 04, 2013

Getting into new French fiction: ‘The Victoria System’ by Éric Reinhardt

By |2013-06-17T13:20:10+10:00Apr 8, 2013|2 Comments

David’s story unravels at a thriller-like pace, but there’s more to it than that. A multilayered creation, ‘The Victoria System’ is satisfyingly noir-ish. But it's also a politically charged, State-of-the-Nation novel; a murder mystery with elements of erotica.

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